If your rental is anything like mine, it is beige floor to ceiling and has little to no architectural interest. Especially around Christmas time, I start to long for a mantel for my stockings and interesting vingettes to decorate. I look around my apartment only to be saddend by its mantelless, boring, beige interior.
This year, I decided to do something different. I came up with my DIY-Christmas. This year, I am going to have that fireplace and those interesting vignettes to decorate. Here is how I did it:
other. I scored the sides so that they would fold in to adhere to the wall and cut out a place for the firebox. The panels are attached first with box tape on both sides. Then I went over the box tape on the front with plaster cloth - just cut to length, wet, and apply - so I could easily paint the joints.
After allowing the plast cloth to dry for 24 hours, I began to paint. I decided that I wanted a concrete look, so I developed a technique with acrylic paint. First a layer of watered-down white paint, next black streaks in randomly strewn about, then a 'dry' layer of grey paint - no water added - and finally a 'wet' layer of grey paint - mix a little water in with the grey paint. My aim was to create a concrete look - and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out! The addition of some candles and stockings helped to pull the look together.
I love real Christmas trees, but I have a pet in the house who does not. So, my compromise was to get a small tree. I found a 'table-top' pine tree that included a tree stand at my local grocery store. To dress this tree up - and so my tree skirt didn't look goofy, I purchased a large basket for the tree. I raised the tree to the proper height within the basket by placing a block of wood underneath a disposable casserole dish to collect water that may spill over. Finally, I put my tree skirt in the basket - making sure to not let it touch the water reservoir - and voila! I get my real Christmas tree, and Eustace doesn't attack it!
I chose a combination of pencil shapes and arabesque shapes to adorn my tree. Simply remove the tile from the backing. Make sure that you wear gloves because sometimes the backings are made of fiberglass and it's the worst to have that stuck in your hands. I learned this from experience -_-. Once the backing is off of the tiles, simply hot glue ribbon or string to the back and you will have a unique ornament for your tree! It's that simple!
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